Supreme Court asks J&K to protect victim's family, others

Supreme Court asks J&K to protect victim's family, others

According to ANI news agency, the father of the eight-year-old victim approached the apex court to seek safety, security and transfer of the case outside the state.

The court ordered that the government should continue to provide security to the victim's family. The Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch filed the chargesheet in Kathua rape and murder case last week. While seven of the accused perpetrators will be questioned in the session court, the chief judicial magistrate of Kathua will hold the trial for the juvenile. Senior Supreme Court lawyer, Indira Jaising, appearing for the victim's father, told the Supreme Court, that the atmosphere is not conducive for a fair trial. Next hearing for the case is set for April 28.

"Be that as it may, we do not intend to enter into this sphere (transfer of case to CBI) at this stage", the bench said. Read Also:Kathua Rape case: Farooq Abdullah slams Mehbooba Mufti's Peoples Democratic Party for remaining silent as Gujjars, Bakerwals were dispossessed, hounded Apart from Sanji Ram, his nephew (juvenile) and son Vishal Jangotra, the five other accused, include special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surrender Kumar, sub inspector Anand Dutta and head constable Tilak Raj.

Rajawat alleged that she was labelled "anti-Hindu" and was facing a social boycott for taking up the case of the child rape victim, who was kidnapped in January from Rasana village in Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua and was later found murdered.

The apex court had said that it is a settled law that a lawyer who appears for a victim or accused can not be prevented by any bar association or group of lawyers, for it is his duty to appear in support of his client. He also sought for strengthening of security at the juvenile home where a minor accused is lodged.

The accused's lawyer said that they were ready for the narco tests. She, however, said she had faith in the state police, which had conducted a brilliant investigation leading to filling of chargesheet, and there was no need for transfer of the case to the CBI. "DNA samples have been matched", the lawyer said, adding that she hailed the state police. The two had taken her to a temple later and repeatedly raped the girl.

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